- Posted by admin
- On January 27, 2017
- Plumbing, Plumbing Inspection, Water Heater, winter
Some of the most common service calls we get in the winter are about plumbing problems or water heater breakdowns. Homeowners start to experience frozen or burst pipes that lead to issues with water heaters and discomfort within their homes. It’s then that homeowners are forced to face the stress of varying degrees of damage and costly repairs. However, with proper care, Fahrhall Home Comfort Specialists can help you stay ahead of winter plumbing problems and avoid messy situations.
Frozen and Burst Pipes
Anyone that has ever had a pipe burst knows how quickly it can cause serious damage and how expensive it can be. Lack of insulation and freezing temperatures tend to be the culprits behind winter plumbing problems. If you live in an older home with what you suspect is poor insulation, it’s important to get ahead of freezing temperatures and ensure you’re either investing in insulating your home or finding ways to prevent your pipes from getting to bursting-point. This can be done by keeping a trickle of water running from the faucets furthest away from your water source when the temperature drops. This will help to ensure that there is no standing water in your pipes that can be frozen. No frozen water in your pipes = no burst pipes.
*Always know where your water main shut-off valve is. In the case of burst pipes, turn off the water main right away and call a licensed plumber to come in and assess the damage.*
Water Heater Breakdown
In the winter, water heaters experience strain just as pipes do when the temperature begins to plummet. This strain can eventually lead to breakdowns and a lack of hot water in your home! Luckily, there are a couple of warning signs that your water heater is about to breakdown:
- Rusty water could be a sign that your hot water tank is corroding from the inside out. To ensure that the water heater is at fault – (rather than the pipes – drain water straight from the water tank. If the water comes out rusty from the source, you know that you have a water heater malfunction.
- An older water heater and tank will have sediment at the bottom. The sediment is calcium carbonate, a byproduct of heating the water. Eventually, the sediment builds up to the point of creating a total system breakdown. Rumbling or banging sounds as the water heats up is a sure sign that sediment is building up and needs to be addressed by a professional.
You can prevent these common winter plumbing problems with a little maintenance and keeping an eye out for any changes with your water pipes or heater. Don’t wait until you have an emergency to call a licensed plumber – have your equipment inspected annually and call a specialist if you experience any issues.
You can also take advantage of our Whole-Home Plumbing Inspection to have our certified and experienced plumbers make sure everything is in good working condition. This includes a complete, professional examination of your kitchen, laundry room, main floor, upper floor and basement washrooms, hot water tank and main shut-off. We even offer the option of a sewer and storm sewer camera inspection.
Fahrhall has provided reliable plumbing, heating, cooling and air quality service and installation in the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent areas since 1967. We are available for any of your plumbing needs and are happy to help you keep your pipes working all winter long.
Schedule a service appointment with one of our plumbing professionals today and stay ahead of winter plumbing problems.